At Any Price

19182873At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
Published
 : 2014
Version Read
 : ebook
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1star Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

I hated this book. I will have to DNF the series, because there really shouldn’t be more than one book. It’s full of tropes that are annoying and the characters are even worse.

I thought that it had an interesting summary. Girl gamer decides to sell her virtue for real money in an auction. Sure it’s happened in real life, I can go with it. But the rest of the package was just not good. The plot was terrible and very standard. The characters fell flat and there was unnecessary drama that should not come from adults. That’s the one thing I had to keep reminding myself. These were adults, not teenagers, but they acted worse some times.

The only redeeming quality about this book, was all the references it made to the gaming world. It’s a world I know every well and I enjoyed those aspects of it. Other than that this book is not my cup of tea. Sorry.

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A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream Book 2)

25822027.jpgA Worthy Heart by: Susan Anne Mason
Published : January 2016
Version Read
 : Paperback
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4starMaggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It’s not a very big book and it was so easy to read over the weekend. Ireland is one of my favorite countries and I enjoyed reading about it so much in this book. Even though it takes place in New York, I learned a lot.

All of the characters were well rounded and they didn’t swap personalities just to fit the story. Even though they go through some hard times, they are still true to themselves which is something that drives me crazy. Of all the characters in this book I would have to say that Adam is my favorite by a long shot. He’s so deep and interesting. Reading from his point of view was the driving force in me finishing this book. I always wanted to know what he was thinking.

I really enjoyed the orphanage angle of this book. It was something that was unique and I really like it. Maggie’s interactions with the kids were wonderful and heartwarming at times. Definitely a strong point in this novel.

Something you won’t hear me complain about is the romance. I’ve gotten so tired of instalove romance books and was so surprised at how well developed it was. So refreshing. I enjoyed the little romance that Gabe had and cannot wait until the 3rd book to see where it goes with him.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who wants a nice light romance book without all the heavy drama or  sex. One of my favorite reads this year.

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My Own Mr. Darcy

myownmrdarcy]My Own Mr. Darcy by: Karey White 
Published : July 2013 
Version Read
 : Kindle/Owned 
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3starAfter being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy.

As many of my readers know, I LOVE a good Mr. Darcy story. I named my male cat Darcy after all. There are a lot of books out there that target women such as I, and fall short. This is not one of those books.

I see a lot of myself in Lizzie. I too fell in love with Matthew’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy (although not as much as Colin Firth). For years I wouldn’t date a guy unless he had certain “Darcy” qualities. It is insane I know, but I was young and knew what I wanted. However unlike Lizzie, I did not have a friend who pushed me out of my bubble.

Lizzie’s friend and roommate convince her to go out with Chad for ten dates, so that she can get over her illusions of not settling for anyone else besides Darcy. Of course Chad is a great guy, one that I’d love to date. However he isn’t exactly what she wants so when a tall dark aloof man walks into her bank, of course she’s going to fall in love. And of course he’s the “wrong” kind of guy to fall in love with.

This was such a cute, clean, quick read novel. I will defiantly recommend it to most of my friends and keep a look out for the next book Karey writes.

Geoducks are for Lovers

geoducksGeoducks are for Lovers by: Daisy Prescott
  Published : May 2013
  Version Read : Kindle/Owned
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4star

Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.

This novel was a surprise to me. Since I’m barely thirty I generally don’t read books about characters in their 40s only because I haven’t experienced enough life to relate to them. Geoducks are for Lovers is a book that anyone who has ever had heartbreak. In fact it’s a book I’m going to give my friends when they break up with someone.

I must say before I go any further that I would LOVE to be a food writer. Or more specifically a food critic. Who wouldn’t love to eat the best food for free in return for a review. Kind of like those of us who do book reviews huh? Anyway back to the story because it’s the reason I’m writing this after all.

Lately I have read a lot of second chance books but none of them hold  candle to this book. Most them push or rush the reunion or make up, but Geoducks had just enough time. Gil wasn’t too pushy, Maggie didn’t forget who she was, or just magically get over her past issues, and her friend didn’t let up on them. The book was so real it felt like I was reading a true love story.

Honestly the only complaint that I have with this book is that it wasn’t long enough. I enjoyed her friends so much. I secretly hope that my friends and I are just like them when we are their age. I see a lot of myself in Selah, whether my friends know it or not!

Evergreen Girl

EvergreenGirlEvergreen Girl by: Sybil Powell
  Published : March 2013
  Version Read : Kindle/Owned
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3star

Frances not wanted and despised by her mother, and slightly supported by her father. Her young life would have been unbearable but for the friendship of her sister. This is how her early life started. In a house of mixed emotions until after a violent disagreement her mother threw her out of her home. Independence and fortunate circumstances lead to her rise to the top of her profession only to throw it all away. She was lucky to have friends and superiors who could recognize her hidden talents and encourage and help her. After the death of her mother her father became closer in his support and was unknowingly instrumental in her eventual success in business and her happiness in life.

I was gifted this novel by the author for an honest review. I’m giving this story a 3 star review because I liked it. Let me start off by saying that these kinds of stories are right up my alley. A dysfunctional family is something that I know loads about and can relate to almost anything. But the story is so much more than that.

Frances is kicked out of her house at an early age and must grow up quickly and learn to fend for herself. It’s something I did myself at seventeen and I have several friends who have done it as well. Like us Frances doesn’t let anything get between her and her goals. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for us. She was truly inspiring in that aspect.

The other thing that really got me in the story was her relationship with her sister. While it’s not perfect I do believe that it kept her sane at some hard points in her journey. Again I can relate because my sister has been my rock through some hard times in my life. Their relationship was something I loved reading about and wished there had been a little bit more of.

I don’t want to give too much away because I really believe that every young girl should read this book and I want you to do so without knowing what happens. But I will say that I wasn’t sure I was going to like it as much as I did and I’m so glad that I took the time to read it. All you need is a good cup of tea and quite place for a couple hours to disappear into this world.